While I was born and grew up in Ireland my Grandfather was born very close to Goodison Park and while living in Bootle followed the team all his life. I remember when I visited him he always took out Everton photos, one of my memories being the picture of the 1984 final and I remember Bailey with his stupid hat. He always wanted me to support Everton but at the time I had no interest in football.
I first got interested though when I watched the 1989 cup final and got hooked on Everton. Unfortunatley, my grandfather had passed away previously so I never got the chance to join him at Goodison for a match.
It was difficult during the Harvey, Walker, second & third Kendall stints, especially in Ireland (surrounded with Liverpool and Man.Utd supporters). One highlight being the only Evertonian in a class of 30, walking in after the 1-0 win over Liverpool in the cup(after the 4-4 match) and the whole class applauding me!
They test me to breaking point every year, but they're always my team.